- NET Web Desk
A social activist hailing from the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh has lodged a complaint with the state Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar against the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) for delay in constructing the 115-km-long Damro-Samebasti-Etalin stretch in Dibang Valley district.
In a letter to the chief secretary, the social activist informed that the project had initially been taken up by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) for construction, which was transferred to the NHIDCL in 2018.
According to the complaint, Mele informed that payment of Rs 1,93,13,200 has already been made for compensatory afforestation and Rs 6,33,82,500 for net present value. Meanwhile, the forest clearance has already been accorded by the authority for both the stretches of the project : Dumro-Etalin (0.0 km to 15 km) and Dumro-Etalin (15 km to 30 km).
“Despite fulfilling the requirement for initiating the construction work for the said project in a package-wise manner, there still remains no initiation from the executing agency so far,” Mele said.
“The state government is yet to start the land acquisition process despite the approach made by the landowners for assessment of private land before the Dibang Valley deputy commissioner,” he claimed.
He further added that “the grievances of the poor project-affected landowners have not been heard and landed on deaf ears.”